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On the Scene with Elasta QP Products

Have you heard of the Elasta QP brand? Perhaps you are one like me you used this brand when you were relaxed. Perhaps your stylist introduced it you, and you could not believe how incredible silky your hair felt. Well, guess what naturalistas? Elasta QP has launched their new line of Olive Oil and Mango Butter products created with natural hair in mind. I had the pleasure of dining with the fine folks at Elasta QP and others on the beauty scene in Chicago at their Curl Cues product launch at the fabulous Public Chicago Hotel. The lovely Miss Tasheara Neshell, celebrity hair stylists to the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Kiki Palmer and Viola Davis was on hand to share her inside tips for using the product on live models.

The product line includes five anti-breakage products (Moisture Shampoo, Leave-in H2 Conditioner, Growth Moisturizer, Growth Oil, and Leave-in Conditioner) as well as three styling products (Curl Defining Pudding, Moisturizer and Curl Wax). I can’t wait to provide you with a full product review. I can tell you now that I’ve already been dabbling in the moisturizing cream with outstanding results. 

Results of the Quick Hair Recovery High-Texture TWISTOUT (mini product review)

There are so many different ways to rock a twistout. You can achieve many different textures and looks just by adjusting the manner in which you prepare for the twistout. In this twistout, my goal was not to be super defined  or to smooth out my kinks.  I really love how my texture is on full display here. This twistout came about because a few days ago I did a style called, “puffy twists pinned back.” I created the style out of necessity because my hair had been in a puff for a while and was really dry and tangled. So, I had to figure out a way to add moisture and still be cute until it was time for a wash. Here are some additional tips and thoughts about this style.


Note: Since the twists were pinned back and some were twisted up, I had to correct some parts of the hair once I unraveled it. Some parts were sticking up or out and it was looking kinda crazy. To fix that, take the piece of hair that is sticking out and gently tug on it a few times downward. Kinky hair likes to intertwine within itself. So, pull apart pieces of that section and tuck them into the sections that are laying down correctly.

Another reason the hair is highly textured is because I used lots of water (which swells the hair). I also did not use a gel or pudding to smooth out the hair. I used SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and peppermint oil to seal in moisture. In my experience, the Smoothie is great at really enhancing my texture, but not so much for highly defined twistouts. That’s why it’s great to know your hair and just work with your unique texture to create different looks. Don’t get all bent out of shape over your hair…just go with the flow. #HappyStyling :)

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Product Review: Eden BodyWorks Jojoba and Monoi Line

Many of you may have walked down the aisle at Walmart and noticed a new product line in the ethnic hair care section. I recently had the opportunity of trying the entire Eden Bodyworks Jojoba and Minoi line. I also had the pleasure of hearing a presentation from Dr. Kari Williams a trichologist and natural hair expert who is the spokesperson for the line. I would like to share with you her tips on the benefits of the product along with my personal experience and results in using it.
What’s in a name?The Jojaba and Monoi line is designed to infuse strength into the hair. Jojaba oil is a liquid wax derived from the seed of a plant that is indigenous to the southwestern United States and to Mexico. It works great as a moisturizer and is similar to the sebum the our scalp naturally secretes. Now we add in the Monoi which is Dr. Kari explains, is an emollient that smoothes and hydrates the hair and seals in moisture.

The results
JOJOBA MONOI Revitalizing ConditionerDr. Kari recommended that we use the conditioner as a pre-shampoo (pre-poo) agent. I had great results using this method. I was able to smooth out the hair and dry detangle with very little breakage and knotting.

JOJOBA MONOI Moisturizing Shampoo I hate when a shampoo leaves my hair squeaky clean. That tells me that my hair has been stripped of moisture. And you know what? I did not have that problem with this shampoo. My hair still felt smooth and soft.

JOJOBA MONOI Deep ConditionerI really enjoyed the deep conditioner. I left it in for the recommend time and let the steam from the shower infuse the product into the hair. My hair felt very soft and manageable.

JOJOBA MONOI Hair Milk Great styling aid to restore life to dry hair. It instantly softens the hair and does not evaporate as quickly as other hair milks. Dr. Kari also recommended using the hair milk for twistouts. My twistout turned out really nice. Obviously, a milk is not going to last a long as a pudding or gel the next day. But, it works great if you want something light that is not going to cause a lot of build-up. 

Kinky twistout after products as part of hair regimen using hair milk
 as the 
twisting agent. 


JOJOBA MONOI Hair OilLove, love, love the hair oil. It is a little heavy, but I personally like that. My hair drinks this stuff. It soaks in well and does not just “sit” on top of the hair. I sprayed it on the problems area in my scalp to help control itching and dryness. I also sprayed it on my hair to smooth and control frizz. Lastly, I used it as a heat protectant when blow drying (knocks those kinks right out).

Overall, I would not hesitate to give this product a try. Let us know if you plan to try this product. If you have already tried it please share your experience in the comment section below on our Facebook page.

Looking for a new styling system? Product Review: Sofn’Free’s Nothing But

I’m so excited to review a brand new product line by Sofn’Free’s Nothing But…”Nothing, what?,” you say. Their claim is Nothing But the best ingredients and nothing but honest hair care at an affordable price. And you know what? I believe them. I had the opportunity to try the full product line which includes a Clarifying Shampoo, Cleansing Conditioner, Intense Healing Mask, Curly Pudding, Curl Sealer, Curl Wake Up Spray, Mold & Hold Wax. I used each product according to the directions to construct the style you see. I committed to using the product in my daily routine to give a complete review.

Before I get into the results, I had some very specific questions about the products. There is a lot of conflicting information on whether or not you should practice the “No-poo” shampooing method or stick with traditonal shampooing. Furthermore, I wanted to bring clarity to when and why you should use a clarifying shampoo. So, I decided to ask the experts at Sofn’free, Nothing But.

LYN: You recommend every week or so to cleanse the hair and scalp with Nothing But Conditioning Cleanser. What makes the Cleansing Conditioner a cleansing agent?
Nothing But: The Nothing But Cleansing Conditioner is a conditioner that acts as a light cleanser while it coats the hair cuticle. The cleaning part comes into play when the conditioner’s surfactants surround dirt, dislodge it, and rinse away.

LYN: Why should it [Cleansing Conditioner] take the place of regular shampoos in your hair regimen?
Nothing But: Buildup of sebum (oil produced by the scalp), styling products and everyday dirt could hinder hair growth and manageability. To ensure hair is clean but not stripped of moisture, Will Williams (Master Cosmetologist and Director of Education for Nothing But) recommends upgrading one’s shampoo experience by alternating cleansing formulas throughout the month, choosing from among a sulfate-free shampoo or co-wash and a clarifying shampoo.

LYN: Why should you use a clarifying shampoo only once a month?
Nothing But: Curls worn with true curl definition that require multiple layers of holding, molding or curly-enhancing products could require up to bi-weekly clarifying. It’s personal. However, every hair type requires at least monthly deep-cleaning washes, even dry hair, as long as deep conditioning follows to replace the conditioners. A deep cleanse removes product buildup, heavy minerals and salts, medications and chlorine. Since sulfates found in some shampoos could strip natural hair oils and affect color, avoid shampoos that contain them (our Nothing But formula has none).

My thoughts about each product:

Cleansing Conditioner
I’m sort of old school, so I was skeptical about using a “conditioner” to wash my hair. I know that conditioner has surfactants  which clean the hair, but it still didn’t seem “right.” Well, after I tried the Nothing But Cleansing Conditioner, I’m a new “believer.” It was not really sudsy, but my hair still felt clean. It felt much softer than when I use traditional shampoos. Of course, you can still use this product as just a conditioner.

Clarifying Shampoo
Let me pause and say that all the products smelled really good…and that is important because no one likes smelly hair, no matter how good the product is. The shampoo did a really good job of removing buildup and residue from my hair. It was nice and sudsy. My scalp also felt clean and fresh. Like with most clarifying shampoos, my hair felt “squeaky” clean which means time to restore moisture with really a good conditioner.

Intense Healing Mask
After washing with the Clarifying Shampoo it was important to follow up with a deep conditioner like the Intense Healing Mask. This product is designed to restore damaged brittle hair. I can’t say that my was damaged and brittle, but certainly after having your hair in one style for a couple weeks it could use some TLC. My hair felt smooth and strenghtened after use.

Curl Sealer
This product is a great moisturizer. It became my go-to product to quickly revive dry hair and seal in moisture. The product does the job without being cakey. The curl sealer quickly absorbs into the hair strand and seals the cuticle without that white residue.

Curly Pudding

You know, the funny thing about my hair is that the curly pudding immediately gave me and defined curl pattern when used on wet hair, then after about 20 minutes it shrivels back up into a tiny afro. The Curly Pudding did give me a really nice twistout. It was soft and well-defined. I used it to refresh dry twists at night as well.

Curl Wake Up Spray

A very fitting name, the Curl Wake Up Spray does a fabulous job of reviving old, tired hair. This product also became my go-to product to bring moisture back to my old twistouts. Then I used the curl sealer to seal in moisture and the Curly Pudding to set my twists. Great styling trio!

Mold & Hold Wax
To date, I have not used a product that was able to tame unruly edges like this one. Seriously. I was very impressed that a non-gel product could make my edges stay up. My only issue was that when used on dry hair it can look a little waxy. To work around that, I added some herbal oil over it to smooth the product into the hair. The Mold & Hold Wax also did a nice job of setting my flat-twists. I kept them in for a couple weeks and did not experience any flaking or build up. Great product for tightening up locs.


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